Bettina Matzkuhn

Medium: Fibre

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains


Bettina has worked in the fibre medium for over 30 years with an emphasis on the vocabulary of hand embroidery and fabric collage. Many have used this language throughout human history to tell stories; she is part of this continuum. In the 1980s Bettina animated and directed three award-winning films using textiles for the National Film Board of Canada and an interest in narrative continues to inform her practice.

In two, or more recently, three dimensions, she explores ideas around voyages that traverse internal and external geographies. Through the detail and materiality of embroidery Bettina might evoke motion, possibility, memory, exaggeration, metaphor, absurdity, indecision. And, as with any voyage, there is always the implication of risk.

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